Australian News and Analysis

Can divestment free refugees?

Can divestment free refugees?

July 28, 2016 at 11:05 am

The issue of refugees detained on Manus Island (PNG) and Nauru is again attracting resistance. Anti-deportation actions have had some partial successes, while #LetThemStay trended following the refusal of Brisbane doctors’ to sign off on the deportation of sick children. In late April, the Papua New Guinean Supreme Court ruled […]

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Tasmania’s unnecessary energy crisis

Tasmania’s unnecessary energy crisis

July 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm

An outage of the Basslink cable plunged Tasmania into a six-month long energy crisis. Industrial production at major producers had to be slowed, with the state left relying on emergency diesel generators to avoid widespread blackouts. The Basslink cable runs along the Bass Straight between Victoria and Tasmania, capable of […]

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Fight for free education for all!

Fight for free education for all!

July 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

During the last term of government the Liberals wanted to allow universities to set their own course fees. This sparked a major backlash as it was revealed that under the plans degrees could cost $100,000 or more. In the lead up to the election the Liberals appeared to walk away […]

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40 years on, time to replicate the 1976 Medibank strike

40 years on, time to replicate the 1976 Medibank strike

July 21, 2016 at 11:03 am

A damning report published by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) earlier this year confirmed what many Australians already know: Medicare faces “a growing funding crisis”. The AMA’s annual health report card warned that “things will get much worse in the coming years unless the (government) reverses its drastic cuts from […]

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Is Daniel Andrews a different type of Labor leader?

Is Daniel Andrews a different type of Labor leader?

July 20, 2016 at 10:37 am

Over the last few months the Labor premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has been styling himself as a progressive figure on a largely conservative political landscape. Activists and campaign groups have welcomed several of the various commitments and promises that he has made. Andrews for example issued an apology to […]

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Australian police buy “sound weapons”

Australian police buy “sound weapons”

July 19, 2016 at 9:40 am

Australian police now own sound weapons capable of causing extreme pain, migraines, loss of balance and permanent ear damage. Police in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Federal Police have purchased the technology known as ‘Long Range Acoustic Devices’ or LRAD. New South Wales and Northern Territory police […]

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Building fighting unions of young people

Building fighting unions of young people

July 18, 2016 at 9:45 am

In recent months Fairfax Media has exposed the rotten deals negotiated between the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees Association (SDA) and big companies like Coles. These sweetheart deals have sadly become par for the course for the SDA. Under the agreements workers have ended up worse off than they would […]

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NSW: Protest campaigns move against ‘Casino Mike’

NSW: Protest campaigns move against ‘Casino Mike’

July 15, 2016 at 9:35 am

Sydney streets were filled by thousands of protesters for the March against Mike demonstration on May 29. Liberal premier Mike Baird has enraged layers of people across New South Wales through making anti-democratic moves, supporting greedy developers and enabling criminal damage of the environment. Musicians and young people hate ‘Casino […]

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Dairy farmers hit by milk price wars

Dairy farmers hit by milk price wars

July 14, 2016 at 10:07 am

The two biggest milk processors in Australia, Fonterra and Murray Goulburn, recently announced a severe cut to the price paid for farmgate milk. This was a huge blow to the thousands of dairy farmers who supply to them. Murray Goulburn slashed its price from $5.60 a kilo of milk solids […]

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Dismay over CSIRO cutbacks

Dismay over CSIRO cutbacks

July 12, 2016 at 9:00 am

Job cuts announced earlier this year at the CSIRO continue to be implemented. Climate science and climate modelling programs are the most severely affected. Also under threat is the ‘AeroSpan program’ which collects data on airborne particles and assists with climate modelling. The cuts have been met with international condemnation, […]

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